Use nemo-desktop to draw desktop icons under Unity (Disco)

Bug #1814506 reported by Khurshid Alam on 2019-02-04
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Bug Description

As nautilus > 3.30 is now uploaded in Ubuntu 19.10, it doesn't have the desktop any more. The alternate options are to use caja-desktop or nemo-desktop keeping nautilus default file manger for now. Since nemo-desktop does not require any extensive patching it is easy to use under unity.

Nemo-desktop will only draw the icons, not the background. In absence of
nautilus unity-settings-daemon draws the background, so nothing to do in u-s-d.

There are few small patches (nemo action files) required from nemo. @fossfreedom (ubuntu-budgie-dev) suggested that it's better that we ship
these action files ourselves as recommended by upstream. Budgie is doing the same.
https://github.com/UbuntuBudgie/budgie-desktop-environment/tree/master/nemo-actions

Since nautilus still be default file-manager we disable auto-mount with nemo and various other cinnamon/nemo option in ubuntu-settings.gsettings-override

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Launchpad Janitor (janitor) wrote :

This bug was fixed in the package unity - 7.5.0+19.04.20190208-0ubuntu1

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unity (7.5.0+19.04.20190208-0ubuntu1) disco; urgency=medium

  [ Alberts Muktupāvels ]
  * Install compiz configuration files.

  [ Khurshid Alam ]
  * Recommend nemo for unity. (LP: #1814506)

 -- Dmitry Shachnev <email address hidden> Fri, 08 Feb 2019 11:46:59 +0000

Changed in unity (Ubuntu):
status: New → Fix Released
Launchpad Janitor (janitor) wrote :

This bug was fixed in the package ubuntu-themes - 19.04-0ubuntu1

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ubuntu-themes (19.04-0ubuntu1) disco; urgency=medium

  [ Khurshid Alam ]
  * Don't use icon hover bg color on nemo desktop (LP: #1814506)

 -- Didier Roche <email address hidden> Wed, 13 Feb 2019 15:45:56 +0100

Changed in ubuntu-themes (Ubuntu):
status: New → Fix Released
Amr Ibrahim (amribrahim1987) wrote :

Just a comment, does that mean that two file managers will always be run in the background? If so, why not just use nemo and drop nautilus completely?

Khurshid Alam (khurshid-alam) wrote :

@Amr

Ah, No. In users eye nemo won't even exist in Unity. We are only using nemo-desktop which is a separate binary to draw icons under unity, nothing else. It's difficult to remove nautilus completely as it is burried deep. It requires work on unity, unity-lens-files, hud, bamf, zeitgeist and in indicators.

Amr Ibrahim (amribrahim1987) wrote :

Yes, I understand that users will not see nemo, but the memory will :)
But I get why nautilus is hard to let go.

Launchpad Janitor (janitor) wrote :

This bug was fixed in the package ubuntu-settings - 19.04.2

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ubuntu-settings (19.04.2) disco; urgency=medium

  * Remove actions that are now in unity-session package.

 -- Didier Roche <email address hidden> Tue, 19 Feb 2019 11:32:38 +0100

Changed in ubuntu-settings (Ubuntu):
status: New → Fix Released
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